Gwyneth Paltrow is always making headlines for her cutting-edge lifestyle choices. Whether it is going raw, eating vegan, The Method, giving her kids unique names (Moses and Apple) or “conscious uncoupling,” the actress is a trendsetter.
Now, she has her baby blues set on a new trend: Clean sleeping!
“Sleep plays such a powerful role in determining your appetite and energy levels that I believe it should be your first priority — even before you think about your diet. The lifestyle I lead is based not just on clean eating, but also on clean sleeping: at least seven or eight hours of good, quality sleep — and ideally even ten.”
“And it goes without saying that poor sleep is terrible from a beauty perspective. Call it vanity, call it health, but I know there’s a huge correlation between how I feel and what I look like when I roll out of bed in the morning.”
But what exactly is “clean sleeping”? Just as clean eating stays away from preservatives and other non-natural ingredients, “clean sleeping” aims to follow a more natural path, too. Think about the type of sleep you’d get without a job, kids and other obligations to dictate your schedule .Sleep that is restorative and rejuvenating, and without the aid of any pills, potions or other pharmaceutical push.
In practical terms, clean sleeping occurs when you prioritize your rest and your self-care, rather than running yourself ragged and letting your health and appearance suffer as a result.
While Paltrow said “clean sleeping” for her can lead to 10 hours of shut-eye, the National Sleep Foundation notes that a good night’s sleep for adults is between 7-9 hours.
While we may not be able to hit this mark every night, not getting enough sleep on a consistent basis has been proven to be bad for our mental and physical health. We may not be able to “clean sleep” our way to a robust 10 hours each night, but it’s time we start treating sleep like a necessity rather than a luxury.
What a great resolution for 2017: Get more sleep!